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Julian Edelman admits this week has been 'reality check' knowing he's suspended first 4 games

Ryan Hannable
August 28, 2018 - 3:04 pm

FOXBORO -- This is the final week of the preseason and for Julian Edelman, it is the last time he is allowed in the facility until Week 5.

Being suspended for the first four games, beginning Saturday (Sept. 1) the wide out is no longer permitted in the building. Speaking following practice Tuesday, Edelman admitted this has been a "reality check" knowing his suspension is coming.

“I definitely put a lot more value into these practices and opportunities that I have had this week to go to out and do extra," he said. "I won’t be there for the first four [games], so I don’t want to go into those weeks saying, ‘I wish I would have done this, or I wish I would have done that. I could have had a couple here…’ It’s been a hard week.”

Edelman added: “It is what it is. Real football starts soon. It’s definitely been a reality check, but I am not going to sit here and worry about things I can’t control. Ultimately, I put myself in this situation so it is more of let’s go and get myself ready for when I can play. Taking extra time to get my knee feeling great, getting my other ankle feeling great, this, that, everything because the NFL football season is a grind. That is what I am looking forward to.”

It's unclear if Edelman will play in the final preseason game, but by the way he spoke, it doesn't seem likely.

The wide receiver didn't reveal where he will be spending the first four weeks and where he will train, but he did say he will watch the games.

“Definitely, I am still part of the team," he said. "I am excited for the guys who are going to get opportunities and I am excited for this 2018 season. A lot of guys worked hard and a lot of guys have done good things. You’ve seen improvement and it has been a competitive group in our room and every room, all rooms. The rookies, the guys that are from other teams, this is the beginning and the start of the 2018 mold.

"I’ll definitely be watching and I’ll have my Patriots hat on and probably a soda and some popcorn.”

Edelman will return for the Week 5 game against the Colts on Thursday Night Football.

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